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Former Wapella Township Road Commissioner Charged With 23 Felonies; Theft, Forgery, Official Misconduct –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On February 23, 2023

Wapella Township (ECWd) –

Today, the Illinois Attorney General announced 23 Felony charges were filed against the Former Wapella Township Road Commissioner. The charges range from theft to official misconduct, to 17 counts of forgery.

We first wrote about Eldon Cusey in July of 2022, where we highlighted his alleged theft and abuse of public funds by purchasing ninety-seven 30 packs of Bud Light (nearly 2 per week for an entire year), a refrigerator to keep the beer cold, a Lazyboy recliner, and 90% ground beef to go with it (read this article) and many, many more allegations (read all of them here).


Press Release:

Chicago — Attorney General Kwame Raoul today announced that his office filed charges against a former road commissioner in DeWitt County for allegedly using a township credit card to make personal purchases and submitting forged receipts.


Raoul’s office charged Eldon Cusey, 68, of Wapella, Illinois, with theft, a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison; four counts of official misconduct, Class 3 felonies each punishable by up to five years in prison; and 17 counts of forgery, Class 3 felonies each punishable by up to five years in prison. Cusey’s next court date is scheduled for March 14.


“Government employees have an obligation to use government funds and property responsibly,” Raoul said. “Taxpayers must be able to trust that those who serve on their behalf use their authority for the public good and not to enrich themselves.”


The Illinois State Police (ISP) led the investigation into Cusey’s alleged misconduct.

“The public must be able to trust public officials to use their tax dollars ethically,” said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly. “ISP’s Special Investigative Unit will continue to investigate public corruption and work with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office to bring to justice those who break the law.”


In documents filed with the DeWitt County Circuit Court today, Raoul alleges that, when Cusey served as road commissioner, he used the township credit card to buy personal items, including home goods, pet food, alcoholic beverages and live chickens. Cusey allegedly submitted altered receipts to conceal these purchases. Cusey resigned from his position with the road commission in 2022.


The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Assistant Attorneys General Mara Somlo and Haley Bookhout are handling the case for Raoul’s Public Integrity Bureau.


WAND also featured him in their story:


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  • Cindy
    Posted at 04:25h, 24 February

    The criminal Miller dynasty got away with much more in northern Illinois making this look like petty theft. Makes you wonder why.

    • Coots lite
      Posted at 17:15h, 26 February

      So you have a crow to pick with the “Miller dynasty, do you? What’ your beef?

  • Soupy's Sales
    Posted at 06:24h, 24 February

    Indicted for buying steaks, beer, chickens and chicken feed with the taxpayer’s money?


  • Brian K Anderson
    Posted at 08:46h, 24 February

    Chump change!!!!

  • Justice Seeker
    Posted at 08:51h, 24 February

    And in Shelby county law enforcement got away with stealing from taxpayers and ISP and the AG said nothing to see here.

    Pathetic! Is there any wonder that elected officials are not trusted. The judicial branch is broken and protects who they want to protect.

    Highway engineer still not charged yet used county property to enrich himself and his assistant engineer for decades. Again, nothing done because local prosecutors are corrupt. Broken system!

  • Mags
    Posted at 09:42h, 24 February

    They should file charges against themselves and our politicians in Springfield as well.

  • Wait Wait Don't Tell Me
    Posted at 14:34h, 24 February

    Is this the same guy as the farmer from Wapella with the same last name and who is reported to have received $264,416 in USDA Farm Subsidies?

    If it is then that ain’t chicken feed!

    Hey Now! It looks like the first name might be the same too!

    I’m starting to wonder if it is the same guy!